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Chippewa's night deer hunt blocked by federal judge

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge has blocked Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes from hunting deer at night, at least for this season.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb issued an order Monday saying the tribes overstepped their authority when they issued the authorization without state approval.

In November, a commission that administers the bands' off-reservation rights authorized tribal hunters to go after deer at night. The move runs counter to the state's ban on the practice, but the commission and the tribes argue they could operate outside that ban because the state allowed wolf hunters to take to the woods at night.

The Department of Natural Resources says it's pleased with Judge Crabb's decision.

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